STEAM Disrupt innovation lab was organized by URBAN Inc, Polycular și Birmingham City University in the summer of 2019, bringing together British and Romanian students of different majors. We were tutoring partners in the Bucharest leg, and decided to challenge students with questioning the role and shape of mobility and cars in the city. We set up four categories of inquiries: mobility and health (fonic pollution, air pollution, sedentary lifestyle, stress, long waiting times, lack of comfort, lack of disabled friendly infrastructure), mobility and culture (car ownership, car as prosthetics, car as shared space, communication in traffic, road rage, street rage on illegally parked cars, public shaming), mobility and technology (urban design and psychological adaptation to driverless cars, car shifting from personal space to public space), mobility and architecture (integrating cars as part of urban design and city identity, parked cars becoming urban furnishing). AMAis brought on board their own expertise in inclusive design and in hacking current mobility issues for the various disabilities. Intermediary results and some extra exercises were interactively presented to the public during our Smart up atelier in the Street Delivery event, while a prototype for a parklet bench is still being tested at NOD by Marian Rupa.
Photos by BAZA + Polycular